A fashion iconoclast and couturier dubbed the "King of Cling", Azzedine Alaïa is a legend celebrated by all and yesterday, he has passed away at the age of 77.
And he will remain a legend celebrated in the holy halls of fashion forever.
When the news of his passing (due to heart failure, as stated by his company) was announced by French Haute Couture Federation on Saturday, our hearts broke and the entire industry wept for the loss of a genius.
He who semi-retired in the '90s made his return to the runway just months ago at the Fall 2017 couture shows and the world rejoiced!
A designer loved by his peers including Riccardo Tisci, Marc Jacobs and Rei Kawakubo, supermodels like Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington, celebrities like Lady Gaga and Mariah Carey, editors like Edward Enninful and Grace Coddington, and just about everyone who'd met him or seen his work, Azzedine Alaïa is truly "the little man in eternal Chinese pajamas” who “built a legend, that of a rebel designer who worked against the system and its trends.”
Here, we bid you Adieu and know that you will continue to inspire us. Thank you for your vision, creativity, love and wickedness.